Is seems as if the past few weeks there has been a the constant questions as to when we’ll run out of soap. And no, I’m not talking the stock piling of Dove – although that is arguably as important. It’s the British heritance, a staple in most households across the nation, the ever consistent and comforting TV soap. From Corrie to EastEnders, Emmerdale to Hollyoaks – audiences have been wondering when the bank of filmed episodes would finally come to an end. Well, with the recent lock down measure slowly beginning to lessen, there’s some good news to all you fans.
Postponing Story Lines for Older & Vulnerable Actors
Whilst soaps thrive of the variety and a dynamic age range, with the add risk of the older generation, characters such as Corrie’s Ken Barlow will be unfortunately written out for the foreseeable future. Even with the precautions in place, no one is willing to risk the actors most at risk – if it be through age or health reasons. We do however look forward to seeing the character back soon!
Limitations On Location
Follow Government Guidelines
Alongside distancing, more breaks have been introduced for extra hand washing. By the entire cast regularly washing their hands, they can reduced infection. Neighbours have also introduced temperature checks when arriving to work. Corrie and Emmerdale are also looking into any additionally testing as an option for their crew.
Writing in Covid-19 Storylines
Of course, soap dramas are suppose to mirror reality – but be a bit exaggerated. The questions, then however, is whether soaps will write the pandemic into their story lines. Whilst it would certainly make social distancing easier and explain any other oddities away, is it something viewers are wanting to watch? Or have we all had enough seeing it on the news?
Neighbours have reportedly decided to avoid the story line altogether, noting that by the time the episodes end, the subject will be outdated – which is certainly positive thinking. Corrie on the other hand has confirmed it will include the pandemic. Whilst this will explain the streets shutting off Roy’s cafe and the Rovers, writers are not making it a dominating story line.
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